Labour Party Escapes Election Catastrophe
Pro-independence faction takes control of Scottish parliament
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2007 3:42 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Tony Blair's Labour Party took a beating in yesterday's local elections, winning just 27 percent of the vote. But both the party—wildly unpopular because of Blair's Iraq war stance and several recent scandals—and pundits scored the result a minor victory because Labour lost only 410 local council seats rather than the predicted 600.

David Cameron's Tories captured 41 percent of the vote nationally—a leg up on Labour, but short of the referendum the party had wanted. Meanwhile, the Scottish National Party scored a one-vote margin over Labour and will control 47 of 129 parliament seats. Without a majority, the pro-independence party will try to form a coalition government.